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Aurender N100H vs Sony HapZ1ES

Discussion in 'Digital Integration' started by DogsPart2, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Looking to make the plunge and add digital playback to my main system.

    I have heard good things about the Sony, however I already have an excellent DAC (McIntosh)so the Dac in the Sony is redundant. Also, I am not sure the sound quality from the Sony would be as good as the Aurender.

    I plan to play FLAC files from my NAS into the Aurender or Sony into my DAC.
    The price of the Aurender w/ 2TB drive is about US$600 more than the Sony. Not chump change, but may be worth the bucks in my opinion.

    Any suggestions or advice?
     
  2. MikeT.

    MikeT. Displaced Irish Cajun Subscriber

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    I'm finding there's a lot of redundancy in DACs nowadays. That's the most serious research topic in my future. I've got a great DAC and am trying to make sense of what might be the easiest, least technical solution I can find. I chose Roon as a first step on a MacMini. Lots of streaming options from there including Bluesound and other wifi endpoints. But no matter what streaming hardware I look at currently has a DAC built in, and usually a pretty good one.
     
  3. ldatlof

    ldatlof We are all steak

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    The Aurender is just a computer running a headless Linux operating system with MPD library organizer and player. Those are both open source and free. I can't find out which CPU it uses but I doubt it has any more computing power than an Atom based netbook. So in essence you are paying for a beautiful case with open source software. IMO it sounds great because it runs Linux which is very easy to get bit perfect playback. Windows and iOS are certainly capable of bit perfect playback they just require a little more adjusting to get things exactly right.

    I am not telling you guys how to spend your money, this is just information for you. If either of you buy one of the two servers I will be very interested in your review.

    I think Mike T. is off to good start with the Mac Mini and Roon. I have never used or heard either of them but I have heard good things from peeps on this website.

    FYI, my set up listed below can play everything that the Aurender can play at less than 1/10th the price. I am just limited by my DAC which doesn't do DSD or go over 24/192. Both PCs I use for the server and player are about 10 years old. I like separating them but it is no longer necessary to do so.

    Good luck with search. I think you will find having a digital front end very satisfying. :jump:
     

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